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Hell on Wheels: Season 1 (2011-2012)




Critic Consensus: Its Old West setting and central revenge plot may be overly familiar, but Hell on Wheels holds just enough intrigue to keep things interesting.


Air date: Nov 6, 2011
Air date: Nov 13, 2011
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Air date: Nov 27, 2011
Air date: Dec 4, 2011
Air date: Dec 11, 2011
Air date: Dec 18, 2011
Air date: Jan 1, 2012
Air date: Jan 8, 2012
Air date: Jan 15, 2012

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Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge on the Union troops who killed his wife are followed in this Western series. Season 1 sees Cullen head west to take a job helping to construct the first transcontinental railroad, a project spurred by scheming entrepreneur Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney). After being hired as a foreman, Cullen meets crewman Elam Ferguson (Common), an emancipated slave who butts heads with Cullen after impeding Cullen's search … More

Genre: Drama
Network: AMC
Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2011
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Anson Mount
as Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
as Thomas "Doc" Durant
as Elam Ferguson
Ben Esler
as Sean McGinnes
Philip Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Phil Burke (II)
as Mickey McGinnes
Eddie Spears
as Joseph Black Moon
Wes Studi
as Chief Many Horses
Ted Levine
as Daniel Johnson
Tom Noonan
as Rev Nathaniel Cole
Gerald Auger
as Pawnee Killer
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Critic Reviews for Hell on Wheels: Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21)

Though imbued with epic sweep, Hell on Wheels is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

The characters - including Meaney's monster - are promising, the racial tensions are bracing, and the atmosphere is transporting.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Solid cast, intriguing premise, and - best of all - the Old West.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Top Critic

A dark, complex and intense drama about a group of damaged people who come together after the Civil War to help build the Transcontinental Railroad.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Co-creators Joe and Tony Gayton have turned out a solid series that got stronger with each of the five episodes I watched.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Hell on Wheels is a big and ambitious stab at the genre, with a lot going on and much to recommend.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

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